February 2013
Record levels of cesium found in greenling fish at Fukushima Daiichi

Record radiation levels found in fish at Fukushima Daiichi

Due to concerns that sea life was allowed to travel freely in and out of the port at Fukushima Daiichi after finding high levels of cesium in fish and shellfish caught in the…

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

A critique of the reasoning for any proposed San Onofre restart

Born on April 22nd, 1724, Immanuel Kant was one of the most famous philosophers during the “Age of Enlightenment” at the end of the 18th century.  In the latter stages of his life…

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka

Japan’s efforts to move past Fukushima Daiichi disaster draws criticism from experts and jeers from public

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been working bullishly to promote new economic and energy policies which are facing harsh scrutiny from the public and experts alike.  The Japanese government has said that…

AREVA European Pressurized Reactor EPR

French officials demand parliament investigation of EPR woes

On Monday this week, a parliamentary faction of France’s green party said it would demand the creation of a parliament committee to investigate the troubles with the European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) design.  On…

Electric Power Grid

Energy storage systems are focus of demand for future power grids

From the early days of nuclear research and development, experts claimed that nuclear power would be too cheap to meter, but that dream was killed dead after the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 1 Torus Room Inspection

TEPCO workers collect water from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 1 torus room

According to TEPCO, twenty workers at Fukushima Daiichi spent two and a half hours in the Unit 1 reactor building collecting water and sediment for sampling analysis from the accumulated water in the…

San Onofre Unit 2 Steam Generator Contact Indications

AREVA analysis of San Onofre Unit 2 steam generators reveals new twist in restart debate

For the last year, Southern California Edison has been working to resolve the serious problems and deficiencies found in the newly installed replacement steam generators at both Unit 2 and Unit 3.  As…

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool Investigation 3

TEPCO releases video footage of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 spent fuel pool

TEPCO released video footage of an investigation into the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 spent fuel pool, after workers performing debris removal operations knocked the fuel handling machine mast into the spent fuel pool….

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Torus Survey

TEPCO workers survey Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 torus room

This week, twenty workers at Fukushima Daiichi worked to investigate the torus room inside of the Unit 1 reactor building.  They found that the top of the water is around OP 3700, which…

Perry Nuclear Power Plant Ohio

Worker at Perry Nuclear Power Plant dies after medical incident

According to FirstEnergy, the utility which operates the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County Ohio, a medical incident occurred inside of the plant in a contaminated area while supporting work for an…

Toshimitsu Motegi

Japanese industry minister says not appropriate to say Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster contained

On Tuesday at a House of Councillors Budget Committee meeting, the minister of international trade and industry who also oversees the power industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, said…

Higashidori Nuclear Power Plant Aomori Prefecture

Underground faults at Higashidori nuclear power plant judged highly likely to be active

A panel from the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan released a report that says two faults underneath the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture are highly likely active.  This throws a large…

Hanford Nuclear Reservation Found Housing Leaking Single Wall Tanks

Washington Governor confirms radioactive waste leaking from underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation

  On Friday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee confirmed that radioactive liquids are leaking from tanks at the most contaminated nuclear site in the United States at Hanford, further heightening concerns experts have shared…

Toshiba Dry Ice Vacuum Cleaner Robot For Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination

Toshiba develops new decontamination vacuum robot to aid efforts at Fukushima Daiichi

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster may bring about a small revival to Japan’s robotics industry, which had long been losing ground with consumers as they worked on developing robots which could carry out…

TEPCO finds high radiation levels in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 torus 2

TEPCO finds high radiation levels in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 torus

TEPCO workers carried out efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 reactor to drill a hole through the concrete containment and steel containment liner in order to insert a camera to investigate where…

Monju Fast Breeder Reactor Station in Japan

NRA conducting investigation at Monju fast breeder after safety violations

Earlier this year an investigation of inspection records of key safety equipment at the Monju fast-breeder prototype station revealed over 10,000 irregularities in the documentation of checkups and operations management efforts.  Originally the…

Investigation of the Inside of Spent Fuel Pool Utilizing an Underwater Camera

TEPCO workers find fuel handling mast atop spent fuel storage racks in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3

TEPCO workers sent an underwater camera into the Unit 3 spent fuel pool to determine the final resting place of the fuel handling machine mast, which was knocked into the Unit 3 spent…

Plant Vogtle Construction

The State of the Nuclear Union

Today, nuclear power plants operate in 31 of 196 nations, providing only 5.7% of the world’s energy, and prompting world-wide debate about the merits and benefits of the use of nuclear energy.  Annual…

Clinton Nuclear Power Plant

Supervisor at Clinton Nuclear Power Plant confirmed positive for alcohol during fitness for duty test

A non-licensed, supervisory employee had a confirmed positive for alcohol during a random fitness-for-duty test. The employee’s access to the plant has been restricted. Source: NRC Event Notifications

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1

In-Focus: Japan – TEPCO caught in another lie related to Diet Investigation – Japan wants to export nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

TEPCO caught in another lie related to Diet Investigation Source: The Asahi Shimbun Japan facing problems with nuclear power and freedom of press Source: The Japan Times US firm hired to aid decontamination…

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